The Story Behind Conch Shell Confessions by Dax Marie

Conch Shell Confessionals actually started as a project for one of my screenwriting classes at UCLA. There’s this thing that they say all first time screenwriters fall prey to…we ALL write about ourselves. So of course I couldn’t resist writing about myself! Initially, I set out to explore how my Nana’s death affected my family…

The Story Behind Getaway by Maureen Brady

One day I decided to try out an exercise taken from John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction to see what it would provoke. It’s an exercise I’ve often used in my fiction classes, instructing writers to write a scene in which someone who has just committed a murder comes out to a body of water,…

The Story Behind What You Don’t Learn in Film School by Shane Stanley

SHANE STANLEY’S career began in front of the camera at 9 months old before becoming a two-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and launching his own company, Visual Arts Entertainment. Best known for Executive Producing the #1 Box Office hit, Gridiron Gang for SONY Pictures starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Shane’s resume as a filmmaker spans over three decades where he’s worked…

The Story Behind Bagels & Salsa by Lara Reznik

Summer 1977. As the Son of Sam and a scorching heat wave plague New York City, Laila Levin, a Jewish sociologist from Long Island, meets Dr. Eduardo Quintana while giving a speech on the epidemic problem of teenage pregnancies. Laila is relationship-shy after a disastrous marriage, and Eduardo has never completely recovered from his high school…

The Story Behind A Tangled Web by Mike Martin

A Tangled Web is the latest book in the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series, which is set in small fishing communities in Newfoundland, on the easternmost tip of Canada. This series began when the main character, Sgt. Windflower walked out of the fog one night in Grand Bank and started talking to me. I just wrote…